Tom’s recent video on Cloudflare DNS 188.8.131.52 gave me an opportunity to follow up on a conversation I had with the network guys for the retirement village I live in. They mentioned that all DNS queries, irrespective of your settings were being remapped to the village’s ISP’s DNS server. Unfortunately the WTF moment didn’t hit me until after the conversation which was about more pressing problems I was having at the time.
Anyway, I decided to test if this was actually happening. I set my Win10 machine’s DNS to 184.108.40.206 and, after having downloaded Bind for Windows did a dig @220.127.116.11 pornhub dot com which, as expected, didn’t return an IP address but did for google dot com. I then browsed to pornhub dot com and promptly got an eyeful. My conclusion, keeping in mind my PC has a manual DNS entry of 18.104.22.168, was that indeed DNS queries were being redirected.
Other than confronting them over this “policy” is there any way anyone knows that I can use to circumvent what they are doing? I have tried using DoH for my browser but I find that noticeably slows browsing and of course it only applies to the browser.
From snooping around on their network (that’s a whole other story but it involved connecting my network to the VOIP port on their access point…) I know they have Ruckus gear and are using a Firebox security gateway. My house is treated as a VLAN and I have been allocated 40 addresses. (The nice thing about the setup is I can access my devices from any access point anywhere in the village - I guess this is based on login credentials.) I was once planning on installing a bunch of Unify stuff, including a DreamMachine Pro but that was on the assumption I had my own direct connection to an ISP, not having a middleman in the position that they can muck around with my connection (and having the Firebox potentially reduces the need for my own security gateway).
Any help would be appreciated.